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About Jason

Jason Hughes is an interdisciplinary artist with an emphasis on sculpture, drawing, and print media. For the last several years his work has focused on the history of American economic power and its influence over cultural representation in the United States. His creative practice is quite diverse including textiles, collage, and cast sculptures from shredded currency; a series of large scale prints that are ornate abstract composites of money; and sculptural objects from appropriated street barricades... more

Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds integrates iconography often associated with popular culture, patriotism, the occult, and militarism to create a psycho-spiritual proposition for the viewer. Each 12” x 12” panel has been covered by collaging shredded American currency that has been sorted by color and pasted onto the surface.

  • Eye

    shredded American currency, 25" x 38", 2012-13
  • Stripes

    shredded American currency, 25" x 38", 2012-13
  • Spiral

    shredded American currency, 25" x 38", 2012-13
  • Target

    shredded American currency, 25" x 38", 2012-13
  • Heart

    shredded American currency, 25" x 38", 2012-13
  • Star

    shredded American currency, 25" x 38", 2012-13
  • Hearts and Minds

    shredded American currency, 25" x 38", 2012-13

Another Day, Another Dollar

Since 2007, Hughes has been working with shredded money as one of his primary materials as a means to explore ideas of labor, value, and worth. These highly crafted and meticulous works not only illustrate his painstaking process, but they also highlight the disparity between skilled labor and industry in the United States. By carefully reconstructing dollar bills previously removed from circulation and shredded by the government, Hughes reconstitutes a new set of values on the otherwise worthless strands of money.

Devil in the Details (continued)

Hughes’s ongoing series of limited edition print works titled Devil in the Details are created by digitally deconstructing various world currencies. Utilizing the fine details found in the filigree, text, and textures of money, he creates large-scale collages, transforming the compositions of the world’s currency into ornate geometric abstractions. The patterns Hughes creates have a multitude of cross-cultural reference points, ranging from Western Modernism to Islamic Art; Persian rugs to camouflage; transcendentalism to consumer culture. In so doing, Hughes examines the psychological capital of currency by transforming something so ubiquitous into a nearly unrecognizable abstraction of itself.

Devil in the Details

Hughes’s ongoing series of limited edition print works titled Devil in the Details are created by digitally deconstructing various world currencies. Utilizing the fine details found in the filigree, text, and textures of money, he creates large-scale collages, transforming the compositions of the world’s currency into ornate geometric abstractions. The patterns Hughes creates have a multitude of cross-cultural reference points, ranging from Western Modernism to Islamic Art; Persian rugs to camouflage; transcendentalism to consumer culture. In so doing, Hughes examines the psychological capital of currency by transforming something so ubiquitous into a nearly unrecognizable abstraction of itself.

Cash Is King

A video and audio compilation culled together from found footage on the Internet. The video is from various media outlets and cell phone video shoot during Black Friday shopping frenzy. The overlaid audio is from various broadcast news outlets that were covering the 1992 Los Angeles riots at it unfolded.

Installation view: "Terms & Conditions" at Jordan Faye Contemporary in spring 2015.

Terms & Conditions

Installation views of works from solo exhibition "Terms & Conditions" at Jordan Faye Contemporary.

New Work (Euros)

New work made during a 2 month long artist residency in Budapest, Hungary Sept-Oct 2015.

Hughes’s ongoing series of limited edition print works titled Devil in the Details are created by digitally deconstructing various world currencies. Utilizing the fine details found in the filigree, text, and textures of money, he creates large-scale collages, transforming the compositions of the world’s currency into ornate geometric abstractions. The patterns Hughes creates have a multitude of cross-cultural reference points, ranging from Western Modernism to Islamic Art; Persian rugs to camouflage; transcendentalism to consumer culture. In so doing, Hughes examines the psychological capital of currency by transforming something so ubiquitous into a nearly unrecognizable abstraction of itself.

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    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
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    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5

New Work (Hungarian Forints)

New work made during a 2 month long artist residency in Budapest, Hungary Sept-Oct 2015.

Hughes’s ongoing series of limited edition print works titled Devil in the Details are created by digitally deconstructing various world currencies. Utilizing the fine details found in the filigree, text, and textures of money, he creates large-scale collages, transforming the compositions of the world’s currency into ornate geometric abstractions. The patterns Hughes creates have a multitude of cross-cultural reference points, ranging from Western Modernism to Islamic Art; Persian rugs to camouflage; transcendentalism to consumer culture. In so doing, Hughes examines the psychological capital of currency by transforming something so ubiquitous into a nearly unrecognizable abstraction of itself.

  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5

New Work (American Dollars)

New work made during a 2 month long artist residency in Budapest, Hungary Sept-Oct 2015.

Hughes’s ongoing series of limited edition print works titled Devil in the Details are created by digitally deconstructing various world currencies. Utilizing the fine details found in the filigree, text, and textures of money, he creates large-scale collages, transforming the compositions of the world’s currency into ornate geometric abstractions. The patterns Hughes creates have a multitude of cross-cultural reference points, ranging from Western Modernism to Islamic Art; Persian rugs to camouflage; transcendentalism to consumer culture. In so doing, Hughes examines the psychological capital of currency by transforming something so ubiquitous into a nearly unrecognizable abstraction of itself.

  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5
  • Untitled

    digital collage, archival pigment print 38" x 38", edition of 5

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